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Old 12-29-2017, 01:14 PM
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I've been debating hard over the past year or so as to what I want for my next truck. I sold my custom painted 7.3L PSD Dually in October, and am trying to drop down to one truck that covers all of my bases, now and later. I also have a 2500HD with the 8.1L/Allison. which will be for sale in April when after my new truck comes in.

I ordered a 2018 Ram 3500 SRW Cummins/Aisin Crew Cab Long Bed Laramie Longhorn Southfork; in Bright Silver Metallic.
The Southfork is an option package with some additional luxury color changes and options over the Longhorn.
http://www.motortrend.com/news/visit...hfork-edition/
(That article isn't 100% correct, but it has good pictures. You can get the Southfork anywhere. The LONESTAR edition is only for Texas.)
For those not familiar, this is Ram's rough equivalent to the GMC Denali HD, Chevrolet High Country, and Ford King Ranch/Limited.

I owe some BIG thanks to a few members:
-AJ Powerplay aka Adam for TONS of input on the Duramax options.
-OffshoreExcursion aka Kevin for several long SMS string convos with his knowledge and experience of the Cummins/Ram setups.
-Jassman aka Jeff for some really good insight on his experience with the 6.7L PSD trucks he's had, and specifically why he didn't bump up to a 2017.
-RollWithIt aka Jason for looking at a used truck near him recently that I was interested in, that was the straw that broke the camel's back convincing me to buy new; AND shared a bunch of Cummins knowledge/experience.
-Plus a host of others over the past year or so for a long of info shared.

***I was trying to buy a used 2015/2016 Ford Platinum to hold me over for a couple years until big 3 all have there new platforms out, but I just couldn't find a quality used truck. I found 1, but it was priced over what I could buy a new one for. Pristine 2015/2016 Ford 6.7L used trucks are just not out there, especially with the Texas floods that drastically cut the used market.

Big 3 info I've been able to discern for the future:
---2019 Ford facelifted SuperDuty is rumored to be out this Summer, but will definitely be visually updated for 2019
---2019 GM 1/2 tons have been updated, pics on web, and the 2020 MY is supposed to be the update for their 2500/3500 HD lineup
---2019 Ram 1/2 tons have been updated, pics on web, and the 2010 MY is supposed to be the update for their 2500/3500 lineup

I am buying from a dealer local to me in Richmond, VA which includes (for "free") a unique double-powertrain warranty underwritten by a major warranty company which takes it up to 10 years/200,000 miles. Here are a couple pics of roughly what my truck will look like when delivered, but I'll be doing some immediate upgrades with JW Davis of www.davisoffroad.com (jwstoys here on OSO; who has also given me a TON of advice on new and used trucks); namely lift, wheels, tires, fender flares, bumpers, and lighting. It turns out the Sales Manager is the former neighbor of OSO member ActiveShack, so we made fast friends; and they are going to work with me on my lift/tires/other mods (have confirmed all of this) as they really want to use the truck to showcase as well.

I'm pretty excited, can't wait for it to get here sometime in March 2018!



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Old 12-29-2017, 01:22 PM
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thank god they got rid of those nasty, ugly mirrors..........congrats looks pretty cool........
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Good looking truck, congrats

Been looking just a tad my self to replace my 08 and never noticed the Southfork name, will have a look
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Whats the wheels base ??....think my Super duty LB is 178"
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This is the only Silver Southfork I've seen; just found it yesterday after I ordered mine. I can't stop looking at it!
I did not order DRW, and this one has the optional "Filigree" etching into the leather which I did not want. But the pictures really show how unique and awesome the interior is. It blows away the other options on the market.

My 2nd gripe with Ford was you can't get the King Ranch or Limited in Silver. The 1st is the turning radius/diameter. Else I would have probably gone with the Ford.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F22 2728178701
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Bought from Ashland???? That's where my SRT came from and Shack's old neighbor helped me out too (can't remember his name at the moment)
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Originally Posted by F-2 Speedy View Post
Whats the wheels base ??....think my Super duty LB is 178"
The wheelbase on the Ram and the GM is roughly 10 inches shorter than the Ford in these crew cab long bed configurations. Accordingly, the turning diameter on the Ford is about a foot larger. The 2017 Ford turning diameter is also about a foot bigger than the 2016 Ford. I did a ton of my own research on this, including test driving several trucks and taking my own tape measure with me. My 2000 Ford had a terrible turning diameter too, and I just couldn't get over that attribute on the 2017/2018 Ford in a CC/LB configuration.
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Originally Posted by t500hps View Post
Bought from Ashland???? That's where my SRT came from and Shack's old neighbor helped me out too (can't remember his name at the moment)
Yep, his name is Bill Harrison. I was happy with pricing. I meant to ask you if you know him too.
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I went from a Denali HD gas to a RAM 2500 6.4 Hemi Laramie and LOVE it! My only complaint is that rear window defroster is an OPTION. WTF
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Originally Posted by Drock78 View Post
I went from a Denali HD gas to a RAM 2500 6.4 Hemi Laramie and LOVE it! My only complaint is that rear window defroster is an OPTION. WTF
You should be able to add that.
perhaps look into an aftermarket sliding rear window.
buck183 may be able to help you with that.

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